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 Post subject: Weather Helm
PostPosted: Sat Jun 03, 2006 2:54 am 
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This is a new problem for me:

My H-18 M has been sailing well for years and I've checked all the measurements on the rudders, etc. I've got more weather helm when sailing on port than I do on starboard (which I think is ideal; enough to point automatically if something does happen).

Before I start playing with the spreaders and dagger rakes, anyone have any ideas?

Wyatt

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 9:05 am 
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I'm going to ask a really simple question...

Is it really more weather helm on port tack or do you just feel like it is?

I usually notice a difference at the beginning of each season after not using my left hand (on starboard tack) all winter long.

The only other thing I can think of is your tiller extender connection is not centered. Did you make any changes to this?

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 2:42 pm 
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I guess I did...At the beginning of the season I check all the measurements. I thought the rudders were "toed out" a bit, so I gave it one correcting half turn; maybe I shouldn't have.

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 Post subject: Rake
PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 3:55 pm 
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The rudder rake can change under load. Check the cams to be sure they are locking and holding under load. Perhaps try a bungee around the rudder to hold it down to test.

There is a FAQ topic in these forums. Top Topic. There is a subject all about cams and rudder rake.

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